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Floods Threaten the Taj Mahal
Edited by Edward Evans - Nguyen Tri Duc - Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010
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(Reuters) - Floodwaters in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state are threatening the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Officials say the monument, which stands on the banks of the Yamuna River, is dangerously close to being impacted by the floodwaters.

The water level in the Yamuna crossed the danger mark following heavy rains. At least 15 districts in Uttar Pradesh state have been flood-affected.

India's monsoon, which last year delivered the weakest rainfall in 37 years, is causing extensive flooding in several parts of northern Indian states over the last several weeks.

1. floodwater /ˈflʌdwɑːtər/ (n) water that covers land after there has been a flood: nước lụt

  • to be submerged in flood water: chìm trong nước lụt
  • The floodwaters have now receded. Nước lụt đang rút.

     Usage notes: FLOOD

  • the Flood: trận Đại Hồng thủy
  • to be in flood: sự dâng lên của nước sông
  • The tide is at flood. Triều cường. (Thủy triều đang dâng.)
  • a flood of anger / abuse / indignation: một cơn giận dữ / một trận xỉ vả / một cơn thịnh nộ
  • to be in floods of tears: đầm đìa nước mắt

2. monument /ˈmɑːnjumənt/ (n) a building, column, statue, etc. built to remind people of a famous person or event: di tích, đài kỷ niệm, công trình kỷ niệm

  • an ancient monument: một di tích cổ
  • a monument erected to true patriots: đài kỷ niệm được dựng lên để tưởng nhớ những người yêu người yêu nước chân chính
  • to preserve a monument: bảo tồn một di tích hay đền đài

3. mark /mɑːrk/ (n)  a level or point that something reaches that is thought to be important: vạch, ngấn nước (= watermark)

  • a flood above the dangerous mark: (nước) lũ lụt vượt trên mức nguy hiểm
  • mean high water mark: chuẩn nước trung bình cao
  • low-water mark: mực nước ròng
  • high--water mark: mực nước lớn (đầy)
  • to touch an alarming 2.10 metre mark: đạt mức báo động 2m10

     Usage notes:   

  • Trung tâm Khí tượng thủy văn hay dùng "the first-alarm level" (mức báo động I), ...

    to reach the second alarm level: đạt mức báo động II

4. monsoon /ˌmɑːnˈsuːn/ (n) a period of heavy rain in summer in S Asia; the rain that falls during this period: gió mùa tây nam, mùa mưa (Nam Á)

  • India's climate is dominated by monsoons.
    Khí hậu Ấn Độ chịu ảnh hưởng của gió mùa tây nam.


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